The Colts mounted a late comeback and the Chiefs took care of the Bills for my two wins. The Seahawks relied on a late comeback and therefore did not cover, and the Ravens were a complete disappointment against the Browns.
Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!
Week 9 Record: 2-2
Overall Record: 14-22
Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5) at Baltimore Ravens
It seems like every time I pick the Ravens, they either lose or don’t cover. So I’m going with the Bengals this week. This is a divisional rivalry game, so I’m expecting the Ravens to show up, especially at home. But with this type of spread, the Bengals are the logical choice, at least in my eyes…though based on my overall record, I’m not sure how logical any of my picks are. I do like the Bengals though in this one.
Carolina Panthers (+6) at San Francisco 49ers
The Panthers have really been playing some good football, basically since their beat down of the Giants in Week 3. Going into San Francisco and getting a win against the 49ers is a real test for this young team, and they might not be there just yet. But I’m expecting a good defensive battle, and one in which the Panthers can cover the spread.
Dallas Cowboys (+6.5) at New Orleans Saints
As the Giants desperately try to make up some ground in the NFC East, it’s really the Cowboys’ division to lose. Going to New Orleans will be a tough test, but I’m not expecting the Cowboys to merely fold just because they are playing in a tough environment. Now, I do believe the Saints will come away with the win, but Dallas is not going to make it easy, especially for the Giants fans watching the game and hoping for a Cowboys’ loss. I can see this being an offensive shootout, and whichever team has the ball last can seal the win with a go-ahead field goal. Either way in that case, the Cowboys would cover.
Oakland Raiders (+7.5) at New York Giants
The Giants are back at it this week after the bye, and they’ll host the banged-up Raiders. All signs are pointing to a Giants blowout win, but it’s looking like Terrelle Pryor will play. Mobile quarterbacks tend to give the Giants fits, but even so, the defense has played well enough the past few weeks to the point where I feel pretty confident. Offensively, Eli Manning just needs to hang onto the ball, and Big Blue should be fine. The Raiders’ defense gave up seven touchdown passes to Nick Foles last week, so Manning should also have a field day. I’m a bit concerned about the half-point tacked onto the seven. Though everyone is predicting a blowout, I can see this being a closer game. But a score like 27-17 Giants would not surprise me in the least, so I’m going with the G-Men.
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